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Victory Vigil Celebrates Women’s Escape

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CLEVELAND — A Thursday evening Victory Vigil will allow for both celebration and a show of support following the escape of three women who were held in captivity for a decade.

Participants will march across Veterans Memorial Bridge at 6:30 p.m. beginning at West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue toward West Ninth Street and Superior Avenue.

Radio One’s Cleveland radio stations of 93.1 WZAK, Z1079, PRAISE 1300 and NEWSTALK 1490 have partnered with the Domestic Violence Center for the event.

The Victory Vigil will celebrate the safe return of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and bring awareness to other missing persons cases.

Knight, Berry and DeJesus went missing from a west side neighborhood in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

The were held in a Seymour Avenue home until Monday when Berry got the attention of some neighbors who helped her to break free and call the police.

Berry’s child, whom she delivered in captivity, was also rescued.

Their alleged captor, Ariel Castro, 52, was charged with kidnapping and rape.  His bond was set at $8 million during a Thursday morning arraignment.

The Cleveland Courage Fund has been established to help the victims.  Click here for details on how to make a monetary or in-kind donation.

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